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The meeting hoped to tackle the threat of AMR

Exeter hosts workshop on future of antimicrobial resistance

The University of Exeter hosted a two day workshop to bring together UK experts in considering how to tackle the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The meeting entitled “Risk and responsibility – the future of antimicrobial resistance as a complex global problem”, was held on the 13th and 14th of February. The event was attended by representatives from clinical medicine, the UK, Northern Irish and Welsh governments, the pharmaceutical and water industries, global think tank RAND cooperation and the University of East Anglia.

The workshop was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded ‘Antimicrobial Resistance Historical Foresight’ project led by Dr Emma Pitchforth and a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded Knowledge Exchange Fellowship on AMR policy, regulation and practice awarded to Professor Will Gaze.

Professor of Microbiology, Will Gaze said: “This workshop highlighted the need for a truly cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary approach. AMR is a Planetary Health issue recognising that human health and the state of our planet are inextricably linked.”

This interdisciplinary workshop combined thinking around policy, evidence synthesis, economics, evolution, ecology, pollution, risk assessment, human geography, surveillance, next generation sequencing and systems models which are just some of the areas of #ExeterAMR research.

Date: 19 February 2020